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I can't see why you should want to dance with me now, when you never have before." The statement was more revealing than she had intended it to be. She cursed her own wayward tongue, while his speculative gaze wandered over her face.

"I wanted to," he surprised her by murmuring. "However, there always seemed to be good reasons not to."

"Why--"

"Besides," Westcliff interrupted, reaching out to take her gloved hand, "there was hardly a point in asking when your refusal was a forgone conclusion." Deftly he pressed her hand to his arm and led her toward the mass of couples in the center of the room.

"It was not a forgone conclusion."

Westcliff glanced at her skeptically. "You're saying that you would have accepted me?"

"I might have."

"I doubt it."

"I did just now, didn't I?"

"You had to. It was a debt of honor."

She couldn't help but laugh. "For what, my lord?"

"The calf's head," he reminded her succinctly.

"Well, if you hadn't served such a nasty object in the first place, I wouldn't have needed to be rescued!"

"You wouldn't have need to be rescued if you didn't have such a weak stomach."

"You're not supposed to mention body parts in front of a lady," she said virtuously. "Your mother said so."

Westcliff grinned. "I stand corrected.


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LISA KLEYPAS
I want you to admit just once what you feel
for me. I want to know if you'll miss me even
...
LISA KLEYPAS
I'd do almost anything for you. I think I'd kill for you. But I'm not going to comfort you while you...
LISA KLEYPAS
Swift returned her scowl with an implacable glance. "Never do an enemy a small injury."
"Only y...
LISA KLEYPAS
Ironically,” she commented, “this will be the first time I’ve ever done anything to please my ...
LISA KLEYPAS
Please be real,” she gasped. “Please don’t be a dream.” “I’m real,” Matthew said huski...
LISA KLEYPAS
Matthew wanted hours, days, weeks alone with her... he wanted all her thoughts and smiles and secret...
LISA KLEYPAS
She let a teasing tone enter her voice. 'Is there any emergency for which you are not prepare...
LISA KLEYPAS
A book had always been a door to another world... a world much more interesting and fantastical than...
LISA KLEYPAS
Evie awoke to the cheerful glow of a tiny flame. A candle sat on the bedside table. Someone was sitt...
LISA KLEYPAS
They took Daisy to the orangery, where warm autumn light glittered through the windows, and the scen...
LISA KLEYPAS
Derek's breath touched Sara's throat in unsteady urges. "Sometimes," he whispered, "I'm so close to ...
LISA KLEYPAS
Babies were dangerous . . .
they made you fall in love before you knew
what was happening.
LISA KLEYPAS
I forced myself to take another bite of bread, chewing casually. But inside I felt stricken, filled ...
LISA KLEYPAS
Back to what? A guy who bails on you when you need him? What's Dane doing now that's more important ...
LISA KLEYPAS
Well, you missed out on some important protocol, Ella. You can't stand between a Texan and his power...
LISA KLEYPAS
Dear Jack,

I love you, too.

And I think I know the secret to a long and happy ...
LISA KLEYPAS
Amanda herself couldn't understand why her writing was so different from her own personality. Her pe...
LISA KLEYPAS
The earl shook his head, exhibiting a degree of frosty offense that could only be achieved by an ari...
LISA KLEYPAS
I no longer believed in the idea of soul mates, or love at first sight. But I was beginning to belie...
LISA KLEYPAS
Frost’s face darkened. “What gives you the right to speak for Miss Hathaway and her family?” <...
LISA KLEYPAS
You have to rely on whatever sparks you have inside.
LISA KLEYPAS
Between the sisters' joined hands, the pressure of their pulses mingled in steady throbs. Daisy was ...
LISA KLEYPAS
Jewelry, in a box this big?' I unfastened the silver latches.

'This is Texas,' Kimmie sai...
LISA KLEYPAS
Ah, there’s the governess voice. All stern and disapproving. It makes me feel like a naughty schoo...
LISA KLEYPAS
Daisy was wearing a butter-yellow gown that wrapped tightly around her slender waist and pushed the ...
LISA KLEYPAS
I’ll tell you what I’m fighting for. Not for England, nor her allies, nor any patriotic cause. I...
LISA KLEYPAS
The way glass can be molded or blown or cut into any kind of shape made me think about how we as peo...
LISA KLEYPAS
I want you any way I can get you. Not because you’re beautiful or clever or kind or adorable, alth...
LISA KLEYPAS
You deserve someone better than me. Someone young and idealistic…someone who can experience things...
LISA KLEYPAS
I-I’m not making advances,” she told him as she flattened herself against his chest. “You’re...
LISA KLEYPAS
My prize, my pleasure and pain, my endless desire. I've never know anyone like you.
LISA KLEYPAS
I won’t apologize for my past. A man is supposed to have experience.”
“From all indicatio...
LISA KLEYPAS
Slowly his resistance ebbed. She felt the change in his body, the relaxing of tension, his shoulders...
LISA KLEYPAS
I don't really like this song," Emma had said.
"You told me it was your favourite."
"It's ...
LISA KLEYPAS
I've missed you, Sebastian."

"Have you, love?" He unfastened the buttons of her robe, the...
LISA KLEYPAS
Annabelle’s eyes stung as she stared at him, while need and inexhaustible tenderness gathered like...
LISA KLEYPAS
He toyed with her ear, catching the rim delicately between his teeth. “I’ll admit it wouldn’t ...
LISA KLEYPAS
You’re not like any man I’ve ever known,” she said. “You’re not even someone I could have ...
LISA KLEYPAS
Cam paused, staring down at her with dilated eyes, the irises bright gold rims around circles of fat...
LISA KLEYPAS
I have a proposition for you,” she said, trying for a businesslike tone. “A very sensible one. Y...
LISA KLEYPAS
He looked disheveled and disreputable, like an outlaw on the run. A smile came to his lips, while he...
LISA KLEYPAS
You’re not like any man I’ve ever known,” she said. “You’re not even someone I could have ...
LISA KLEYPAS
Any man," she muttered, "who wanted to marry into the Hathaway family after this should be shut away...
LISA KLEYPAS
The Rom believe you should take the road that calls to you, and never turn back. Because you never k...
LISA KLEYPAS
A slow smile had curved St. Vincent's lips. 'Wives are a different case altogether. They require a g...
LISA KLEYPAS
Cam held her closer. "Marry me, Amelia. You're what I want. You're my fate." One hand slid to the ba...
LISA KLEYPAS
Browsing among the stalls, the sisters feasted on hand-sized pork pies, leek pasties, apples and pea...
LISA KLEYPAS
Amelia, if we have children … will you mind that they’re part Roma?”
“Not if you don...
LISA KLEYPAS
I found it when I was getting the crushed bees for Merripen’s poultice. I brought it back for you....
LISA KLEYPAS
Any man,” she muttered, “who wanted to marry into the Hathaway family after this should be shut ...
LISA KLEYPAS
The situation was extraordinary. How someone like Evangeline Jenner could have wrought such a change...
LISA KLEYPAS
I love you, he thought, looking at Win. I love every part of you, every thought and word... the enti...
LISA KLEYPAS
He uttered a curse that startled her with its foulness, and gripped her head between his hands, forc...
LISA KLEYPAS
And then another letter had come from Christopher, so devastating that Amelia wondered how mere scra...
LISA KLEYPAS
Zoe gave him a look that was difficult to interpret. Eventually she asked, "What makes you sure I co...
LISA KLEYPAS
You took advantage of me while I was sleeping," she said breathlessly. "That's not fair."
Gent...
LISA KLEYPAS
He was unbelievably hard. Everywhere. He was in control, infinitely stronger, and he wanted me to kn...
LISA KLEYPAS
Aristotle taught that stars are made of a different matter than the four earthly elements— a quint...
LISA KLEYPAS
Hardy was every loose-limbed cowboy in warn denim, every pair of blue eyes, every battered pickup, e...
LISA KLEYPAS
His kisses tapped into deep mines of memory, and the years that had separated us fell away as if the...
LISA KLEYPAS
Sturm und Drang?”

“Ah…I see that I’ll have to introduce you to the finer points o...
LISA KLEYPAS
I didn't want to give you the one last part of myself that I couldn't take back. And then you were g...
LISA KLEYPAS
In this regard, Daisy reflected, her marriage to Matthew would not be unlike Lillian's with Westclif...
LISA KLEYPAS
Honesty is overrated. As someone once said, 'Secrecy is the first essential in affairs of the heart....
LISA KLEYPAS
While the indecisive customer hovered over an array of perfumes that Nettle had brought out for her,...
LISA KLEYPAS
I wonder why it is that so many light-haired women smell of amber..."
"You mean amber perfume?"...
LISA KLEYPAS
The moment you enter the room, the earl becomes far more animated. It is obvious that he is fascinat...
LISA KLEYPAS
Here, I’ll read his explanation. ‘Your success in capturing the heart of Lord Westcliff was pure...
LISA KLEYPAS
A good perfumer was part alchemist, part artist, and part wizard.
LISA KLEYPAS
Because you need me," he said, drawing in his breath as she squirmed against him. "Just as I need yo...
LISA KLEYPAS
If you won’t marry me for the sake of your own honor, then do it for the sake of everyone who woul...
LISA KLEYPAS
I was going to have to leave you anyway. Because I loved you too much to drag you
down with me....
LISA KLEYPAS
I wanted more of those sweltering kisses. I felt terrible about that. But the warm sunny fragrance o...
LISA KLEYPAS
I felt the kind of loneliness that can happen in a roomful of people when everyone but you seems to ...
LISA KLEYPAS
Sometimes I'm not nice for a reason. It's a way to find out what someone's made of.
LISA KLEYPAS
I love you," she said wretchedly. “And if I were well, no power on earth could keep me away from y...
LISA KLEYPAS
I'm not good enough for you. But no one is. And most men, good or bad, have limits to what they woul...
LISA KLEYPAS
Some folks are happier not being saved.
LISA KLEYPAS
Darlin'...I know what you look like when you've been kissed.
LISA KLEYPAS
Poor people have few choices in life, and most of the time you don't think too much about it. You ge...
LISA KLEYPAS
Opening up to the wrong person is like putting ammo in their hands.
LISA KLEYPAS